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1996 Cleveland Indians

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1995 / 1997

99-62, Finished 1st in AL Central (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Mike Hargrove (99-62)
GM: John Hart, Scouting Dir: Jay Robertson
Scored 952 runs, Allowed 769 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 96-65

Ballparks: Jacobs Field · Attendance: 3,318,174 (2nd of 14)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 99, Pitching - 97 · one-year: Batting - 104, Pitching - 102

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1995 / 1997 Trades and Transactions

Transactions listed are from November 1 of previous year to April 1 of the following year.

October 16, 1995

Frank Bolick granted Free Agency.

Casey Candaele granted Free Agency.

Brook Fordyce granted Free Agency.

Todd Frohwirth granted Free Agency.

Joe Klink granted Free Agency.

Torey Lovullo granted Free Agency.

Anthony Telford granted Free Agency.

Ricky Trlicek granted Free Agency.

November 1, 1995

John Farrell granted Free Agency.

Ken Hill granted Free Agency.

November 2, 1995

Alvaro Espinoza granted Free Agency.

Tony Pena granted Free Agency.

Billy Ripken granted Free Agency.

November 6, 1995

Eddie Murray granted Free Agency.

Dave Winfield granted Free Agency.

November 9, 1995

Released Ruben Amaro.

November 16, 1995

Carlos Crawford selected by the Philadelphia Phillies off waivers.

December 6, 1995

Signed Casey Candaele as a free agent.

Signed Tony Pena as a free agent.

Signed Scott Pose as a free agent.

December 7, 1995

Signed Alvaro Espinoza as a free agent.

Signed Julio Franco as a free agent.

Signed Eddie Murray as a free agent.

December 14, 1995

Signed Jack McDowell as a free agent.

December 19, 1995

Signed Eric Helfand as a free agent.

December 21, 1995

Paul Sorrento granted Free Agency.

January 4, 1996

Signed Mario Diaz as a free agent.

Signed Steve Dunn as a free agent.

February 15, 1996

Traded Jason Grimsley and Pep Harris to the California Angels. Received Brian Anderson.

February 29, 1996

Signed Bill Wertz as a free agent.

March 13, 1996

Traded Scott Pose to the Toronto Blue Jays. Received Joe Lis (minors).

March 14, 1996

Selected Nigel Wilson off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds.

March 28, 1996

Released Julius Matos.

March 31, 1996

Signed Scott Leius as a free agent.

Traded Mark Clark to the New York Mets. Received Reid Cornelius and Ryan Thompson.

April 4, 1996 (Standings)

Traded Jesse Levis to the Milwaukee Brewers. Received a player to be named later and Scott Nate (minors). The Milwaukee Brewers sent Jared Camp (minors) (June 9, 1996) to the Cleveland Indians to complete the trade.

April 6, 1996 (Standings)

Traded Marc Marini (minors) and Ryan Martindale (minors) to the New York Yankees. Received Tom Wilson.

April 8, 1996 (Standings)

Signed John Farrell as a free agent.

April 30, 1996 (Standings)

Signed Erik Plantenberg as a free agent.

May 14, 1996 (Standings)

Signed Greg Cadaret as a free agent.

Traded John Farrell to the Detroit Tigers. Received Greg Granger (minors).

June 4, 1996 (Standings)

Drafted Paul Rigdon in the 6th round of the 1996 amateur draft. Player signed June 12, 1996.

Drafted Sean DePaula in the 9th round of the 1996 amateur draft. Player signed June 7, 1996.

Drafted Joe Horgan in the 11th round of the 1996 amateur draft. Player signed June 4, 1996.

Drafted John McDonald in the 12th round of the 1996 amateur draft. Player signed June 5, 1996.

Drafted Mike Bacsik in the 18th round of the 1996 amateur draft. Player signed June 12, 1996.

Drafted Dan Wright in the 19th round of the 1996 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

Drafted Jamie Brown in the 21st round of the 1996 amateur draft. Player signed May 15, 1997.

Drafted David Riske in the 56th round of the 1996 amateur draft. Player signed October 21, 1996.

Drafted Randy Keisler in the 57th round of the 1996 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

June 10, 1996 (Standings)

Traded Bill Wertz to the Seattle Mariners. Received Mike Butcher.

June 15, 1996 (Standings)

Signed Greg Swindell as a free agent.

June 24, 1996 (Standings)

Wayne Kirby selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers off waivers.

July 1, 1996 (Standings)

Signed Geronimo Pena as a free agent.

July 5, 1996 (Standings)

Signed Luis Gonzalez as an amateur free agent.

July 9, 1996 (Standings)

Traded Jim Poole and cash to the San Francisco Giants. Received Mark Carreon.

July 15, 1996 (Standings)

Signed Victor Martinez as an amateur free agent.

July 21, 1996 (Standings)

Traded Eddie Murray to the Baltimore Orioles. Received Kent Mercker.

July 29, 1996 (Standings)

Traded Carlos Baerga and Alvaro Espinoza to the New York Mets. Received Jeff Kent and Jose Vizcaino.

August 31, 1996 (Standings)

Traded Jeromy Burnitz to the Milwaukee Brewers. Received Kevin Seitzer.

September 30, 1996 (Standings)

Scott Leius granted Free Agency.

October 3, 1996 (Standings)

Greg Swindell granted Free Agency.

October 10, 1996 (Standings)

Geronimo Pena granted Free Agency.

October 15, 1996 (Standings)

Mike Butcher granted Free Agency.

Greg Cadaret granted Free Agency.

Casey Candaele granted Free Agency.

Reid Cornelius granted Free Agency.

Erik Plantenberg granted Free Agency.

Released Tom Wilson.

October 27, 1996

Mark Carreon granted Free Agency.

October 28, 1996

Albert Belle granted Free Agency.

October 29, 1996

Eric Plunk granted Free Agency.

November 4, 1996

Kent Mercker granted Free Agency.

November 13, 1996

Traded a player to be named later, Jeff Kent, Julian Tavarez and Jose Vizcaino to the San Francisco Giants. Received a player to be named later and Matt Williams. The Cleveland Indians sent Joe Roa (December 16, 1996) to the San Francisco Giants to complete the trade. The San Francisco Giants sent Trent Hubbard (December 16, 1996) to the Cleveland Indians to complete the trade.

November 18, 1996

Dennis Martinez granted Free Agency.

Tony Pena granted Free Agency.

November 25, 1996

Released Nigel Wilson.

December 10, 1996

Signed Eric Plunk as a free agent.

December 12, 1996

Signed Pat Borders as a free agent.

Signed Michael Jackson as a free agent.

December 13, 1996

Signed Kevin Mitchell as a free agent.

December 18, 1996

Signed Chad Curtis as a free agent.

December 19, 1996

Signed Terry Clark as a free agent.

Signed Les Norman as a free agent.

December 20, 1996

Ryan Thompson granted Free Agency.

December 28, 1996

Signed Tony Fernandez as a free agent.

January 1, 1997

Signed Casey Candaele as a free agent.

January 3, 1997

Signed Mike Busch as a free agent.

January 17, 1997

Signed Robby Thompson as a free agent.

January 22, 1997

Purchased Sean Mulligan from the San Diego Padres.

January 31, 1997

Signed Greg Cadaret as a free agent.

March 25, 1997

Traded Alan Embree and Kenny Lofton to the Atlanta Braves. Received Marquis Grissom and David Justice.

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1995 / 1997 Trades and Transactions